Re: Cost of living in Switzerland? Fact or fiction?
Thanks for the offer, Shorrik Mk2. Yes, it would be really interesting to see the split of the revenue, but it in no way is urgent. Just if you ever come across it, I would appreciate posting it to me. I may also try to do PPP comparison/analysis, not very academic, of course, just for fun to see what numbers one can get when something purely theoretical can be compared with subjective but real expenditures and experience.
While your agruments are undoubtedly valid, I would still want to see how much the factors you mentioned really contribute. From my first impression, the oligopoly agrument is the strongest basis for the price differential (real estate is expensive, but now the real estate in France or Spain is kind of catching; labor cost is high, but not too much and also as I got from reading this thread, there is a lot of non-Swiss labor employed, especially in Zurich and German area; labeling cost would add 1-2% I would say, but not more). If it is so, then the marker is virtually closed and they (Migros/Manor/Coop) should be quite profitable (if they do the things right). But then why is that that the market is kept closed and why the population does not get attracted to lower prices and does not want to open it, at least marginally (keeping milk/cheese/beef and whatever they count as native/domestic/worth protecting heavily guarded by tariffs as now)?
On the more practical note, is here someone who can tell me where I can buy wonton wrappers? Or lamb and beef with some fat on it, fish with skin, etc.? Shall I try to befriend a butcher/fish-monger in hope that after some time he can prepare the meat or fish in "my way"? :-)) Any advice on improving the quality of raw ingredients or finding the right place to get them around Lusanne is very appreciated.